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Alex Hunter has been found—sullen, alone, leaving a path of destruction as he wanders across America. Only the foolish get in the way of the drifter wandering the streets late at night.Across the world, something has been released by a treasure hunter in a hidden chamber of the Basilica Cisterns in Istanbul. Something hidden there by Emperor Constantine himself, and deemedAlex Hunter has been found—sullen, alone, leaving a path of destruction as he wanders across America. Only the foolish get in the way of the drifter wandering the streets late at night.Across the world, something has been released by a treasure hunter in a hidden chamber of the Basilica Cisterns in Istanbul. Something hidden there by Emperor Constantine himself, and deemed by him too horrifying and dangerous to ever be set free. It now stalks the land, leaving its victims turned to stone, and is headed on a collision course with a NATO base. The Americans can't let it get there, but can't be seen to intervene. There is only one option—send in the HAWCs.But Alex and the HAWCs are not the only ones seeking out the strange being—Uli Borshov, Borshov the Beast, who has a score to settle with the Arcadian, moves to intercept him, setting up a deadly collision of epic proportions where only one can survive. Join Alex Hunter as he learns to trust his former commander and colleagues again as the HAWCs challenge an age-old being straight from myth and legend....

Title : Gorgon
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ISBN : 9781486213009
Format Type : Audio CD
Number of Pages : 564 Pages
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Gorgon Reviews

  • Melissa
    2019-12-27 09:18

    I must admit, the Alex Hunter series is fast becoming one of my favourite series of all time, absolutely my favourite adventure/action series. I love the characters, I love the story and I LOVE the narrator of the audio versions Sean Mangan! Even though it wasn’t my favourite of the series so far, I still enjoyed the action-packed Gorgon!Alex Hunter is back… He has had enough of wandering the country, and contacts Jack, who convinces him to come back to work for the Hawc’s. Meanwhile over in Istanbul, a creature that was hidden in an ancient chamber has escaped and is turning thousands of people to stone. What is this creature? And how can the Hawc’s stop it before it reaches a NATO base?Like any Alex Hunter book, it was filled with action from start to finish. Beck takes you on a wild ride with each novel and it doesn’t let up until the very last word. This was probably more action packed than the last few novels actually, and that’s saying something. However I felt it was all action and I missed Aimee, I missed Adira, and I missed a bit of the whole romantic/sexual attraction element from the previous novels. Although I love the twist in the story that we find out right at the beginning…However, nobody can say that Gorgon wasn’t exciting! Action packed. I also LOVED the subtle teasing about where the story is going to go next…? Perhaps bringing Aimee and her family back into it in future novels. I know its not over!!!I enjoyed that the Hawc’s were back together. I enjoy Sam and Casey’s adventures, and I love that Sam is up and running again!I loved the audio version of Gorgon. As always, Mangan does a fantastic job narrating. Nobody else could portray Alex Hunter as well as he does. I have enjoyed listening to his narration of this whole series.Would I recommend Gorgon?Absolutely! Action, adventure, thrills, violence, mystery, blood, guts, gore, creatures, aliens… What more do you need in a book?However, I absolutely advise you read the earlier books. Even though this one can be read as a stand alone, you will miss a lot of the story, characters and feel of the story without reading the previous ones.For more reviews visit my blogwww.booksbabiesbeing.comTwitterwww.twitter.com/BBB_MelFacebook:www.facebook.com/booksbabiesbeing

  • Geoff
    2019-12-28 10:16

    Best Aracadian novel yet.Beck is certainly a favourite writer of mine, but with this book he has completely cemented his place as one of the great authors of military thrillers with a tinge (a strong tinge) of horror of our time.The damaged soul that is Alex Hunter is seeming both more and less human at the same time, and the story of his internal struggle is nicely reflected in the external struggle he faces.The science is, as usual, believable and impeccable (at least to this layman), and the fantastic creature of the title is explained in the only way it could ever be.If you've missed out on reading Beck, start at the beginning of the series, and don't stop until you catch up.I couldn't put this one down.Absolutely deserving of a five out of five rating for this one.

  • 11811 (Eleven)
    2020-01-12 11:16

    I enjoyed the first couple books in this series but the cheesiness is catching up with me. It's a decent action adventure story with a supernatural element but seems to be geared for a YA audience.

  • Jason
    2020-01-10 08:14

    4 Stars I love Alex Hunter, the Arcadian. Gorgon is the fifth book in the series by Greig Beck. In this one the story centers on the Greek legendary creature, the Gorgon. This is not about Medusa as she is dead, but it sure could be. Beck writes each new story in such a manner that even though it is led by an amazing man, a super hero named Alex, the story itself takes the center stage / character / plot. Beck writes non stop action novels that are smart, well written, and impossible to be put down. I compare his works to that such as those done by the late Michael Crichton. They are similar in style and structure and I am sure that Chricton would have loved the Arcadian as well.Like the previous novels Beck does a fabulous job at making an old legend seem relevant and dare I say plausible. It is just so much fun. He has taken the Arcadian to the top and then knocked him all the way to the bottom. There are some great scenes and story line progression as Alex tries to deal with his uncontrollable anger, as he tried to subdue "The Other"This is a guilty pleasure series of mine that can do little wrong with me. As a result, I am biased. I loved this book, the action, the creature, and our big ass hero and his equally impressive friends. Matthew Stearn returns again as the brainy professor. Loved it!

  • Lisa
    2020-01-17 11:12

    I don't exactly go into one of these books expecting emotional depth or deep introspection from the characters. I know I'm in for pages of technical weapons talk, totally OTT action scenes and some extremely extrapolated science. I got all this in spades in this instalment of the Alex Hunter series. What I didn't get was enjoyment.I don't know. There was just something missing from this story. Possibly it was credible intelligence from supposedly smart people. I mean, how many times does the average person need to be told about victims turned to stone by looking at the Big Bad before they begin to think 'gorgon' or 'Medusa', let alone generals, elite soldiers and scientists who've dealt with four other types of 'supernatural' beasties? In this case, 50% of the book, and it took the intervention of a complete outsider to make the very obvious connections.Along with this, the other thing that bugged me was Alex's redemption. He seemed to get over his anger issues very easily and there seemed to be no guilt for his past crimes. Like I said, I don't expect a lot of emotional depth, but some would be appreciated. Even acknowledgement of it would be something.I've been a faithful reader of Beck since Beneath the Dark Ice and have Book of the Dead waiting, but I'm not sure I'll carry on with Alex Hunter after this one.

  • Mya
    2020-01-01 05:08

    I have just been gobbling up everything I can get my hands on by Greig Beck, namely anything in the 'Arcadian' series. The fast pace, impossible action scenes and bizarre science combined with a military edge have thrilled me to no end and while the last book before this one was a little...um, domestic, the Arcadian aka Alex Hunter is back in form in this book. The adversary in this book (there is always one from a natural disaster, to mythical beast, to killer alien life forms) is based off of the Medusua legend and boy does Beck have a theory for it! Unstoppable, the Magera (thats the name for it) kills everything in its path by either turning humans to stone or just plain ripping them in half. Add in a crazy although somewhat stereotypical Russian special ops killer and Bam you know that the Arcadian has his work cut out for him. This one has got to be my favorite in the series by far. Here's to hopping the next book contains as much Special Ops goodness!

  • Neil
    2020-01-05 06:04

    This was book 5 in the Arcadian/Alex Hunter series, and after reading Black Mountain (№4 in the series)I personally don't feel that this book measured up. The characters are ones that we have grown familiar with throughout the series, and once again sees Hunter up against Uli Borshov, the huge Russian, at various stages in the story. The pacing of the plot seemed a bit off, as the start seemed to plod along and missed the normal drive and tempo.Once again something from the realms of mythology, Greek this time, is causing havoc. The Turkish military, and their special forces can't deal with it, and when an Allied base is threatened it is time to send in Alex Hunter and his team of HAWCs. Despite just trying to enjoy the storyline, there were certain areas where it all became a bit too fantastical, even for me.

  • Dhuaine
    2020-01-22 11:17

    1.5 extra star for being very very addicting. I couldn't unglue myself from the pages and finished the whole thing in one evening. Slept only 2 hours that night x.x Please note that this book is ridiculous and too dumb to live. It's literally atrocious and the whole ending is a big pile of bullsh*t.It started good enough - Gorgon released from ancient prison, turning people to stone. So many mysteries! How does it do that - not magic, because it can be transmitted *gasp* electronically. Why is it so resistant physically? What's up with (view spoiler)[sunlight, weeping, going to sleep when sang to (hide spoiler)]? Why did it stay put for centuries in a bronze urn even though it can tear through stone. (view spoiler)[My pet theory was that the sound emanating from it echoed from insides of the urn and kept it sleeping. (hide spoiler)]NOTHING is explained. Instead, we get (view spoiler)[f****** aliens again! Something straight from 2215. It. Was. Ridiculous. Total BS! I'd prefer if the Gorgons stayed magical / supernatural (and not transmit stoning via video - come on, if you introduce something like this, better explain it!) and not some super aliens that may invade Earth in unknown future. (hide spoiler)]The ending is non-resolution again. (view spoiler)[Am I supposed to believe the Gorgon won't dig itself up from 50 meters of loose stone? It was pretty close to the surface when charges went off. The spaceship? Those puny explosives might have only waken the other Gorgons up. This tech survived eons and was still working. It was somewhat dangerous to bury it without knowing when the Gorgons might wake from cryo-sleep.Sad thing is, Beck included foreshadowing with the whole bee hive analogy. A lone bee commits suicide after it returns to a dead hive. That would make a much better, closed ending that doesn't put Earth in peril. (hide spoiler)]0.5 star for finally (view spoiler)[ending Uli Borshov's line (hide spoiler)].I liked that Alex couldn't take this thing head on. Even though he still could communicate with it telepathically... geez... Summing up: so much BS! But it was like an action movie with insane pacing and explosions and I couldn't tear myself away. Just don't try to think while reading it.

  • Karsyn
    2020-01-08 10:52

    Enjoyable again. Good story and no crappy characters and as a bonus, fit perfectly into a challenge I did, so yay for that. :)

  • Scott Stewart
    2020-01-02 11:19

    Thanks to the publisher for allowing me to review a novel from one of my favorite authors. This Alex Hunter series is of the science fiction thriller genre. In my opinion there are not enough authors writing within this genre, so I anxiously await each Greig Beck novel.If you haven't read the other books in this series, you will want to go back and read them after finishing Gorgon. But it is not necessary to read them first to truly enjoy this wild ride of a story. Once again Greig Beck seamlessly weaves fact and fiction to create a fast paced edge of your seat thriller. The characters are well developed and likable. The locations that the story is set in are vivid in description, and makes the reader want to know more about the locales.Pick this book up when it comes out. You can finish it in 1-2 sittings, because you will not want to put it down until the end.

  • Reeda
    2020-01-26 09:12

    I downloaded this author's first Alex Hunter book about 4 years ago when it was offered for free and finally got around to reading it recently. As soon as I was done, I was hooked and immediately went and bought all the other books in the series and read them all in 2 weeks. I loved everyone one of them, and this one was no exception!This one had it all...kick-ass military soldiers, cool weapons, nasty bad guys and a Gorgon! We see an ancient myth come to life and the good guys trying to take it down.A great action-packed thrill ride with some history and myth/legend thrown in for good measure!Recommended :)

  • Kirstie
    2020-01-12 09:13

    I'm so sad that I've finished this book and have to wait for him to write another. Exciting and scary. The brutality, lethality and unreality makes for pure horrification awesomality.

  • Theresa
    2020-01-17 09:10

    A deadly Minoan fable is accidently released in Istanbul. As it scythes it way through Turkey on its way home, all who see it die. To stop it, it you have to know what it is, but it leaves no survivors to tell. They have to be able to see it to stop it, but to see it….Alex is back in action, but can he keep from losing himself to the ‘Other’. With him are Matt, Sam, Casey and a SAS team.Footnote: 1) I love it when the stories geography descriptions actually fit the real world map. So many authors don’t.Fave scenes: the discus statue, the couple ‘statue, draining the pool and Uli meeting the Gorgon.

  • Mary Cornell
    2020-01-23 10:15

    Big FanI recently found this author and the Alex Hunter series. The storylines in all of the books have been great, edge of the seat, page turners. I have lost a lot sleep as I can't put any of the books down. I finish one and immediately have to start the next one. The cast of characters are believable and human. While Alex learns to live with his demons, he is saving the world and his team from horrors from the deep and from myths. I can't wait to start the next book...

  • Eduardo De Regules
    2020-01-06 09:02

    Good Beck style, kept me interested until the end, which was disappointing and not satisfactory.

  • Richard West
    2019-12-27 04:56

    Loved it, although the ending was a bit flat.

  • Nyssa
    2020-01-06 08:10

    Another fun read by Mr. Beck! The first book is still my favorite but this one was still a good time.

  • Oscar Gottardi
    2020-01-12 07:15

    Excellent book #5 in the series!!!This book never lets up. Great story, good character development and a little history/mythology lesson. I can't wait to read the next one.

  • Michael
    2020-01-05 06:01

    great running audiobook

  • Jonathan Wilson
    2020-01-04 09:09

    4.25 Stars

  • Per Gunnar
    2020-01-03 04:20

    Alex Hunter is back. I definitely like it better when Alex is part of the HAWC team instead of being on the run. Well, as you might guess from the book blurb the book starts of while he is still on the run but he is quickly brought back. At the same time a treasure hunter releases what is to be the main subject of the books story.In general the book starts of fairly well. There are plenty of wtf/wow moments when then monster ravages the countryside on its way to its destination. The re-integration of Alex into the HAWC’s and the subsequent visits to the HAWC equipment lab is quite enjoyable reading as well. Borshov the Beast makes a re-appearance as well which, as usual, results in a fair amount of action and rather sadistic violence. In my opinion Borshov has outstayed his welcome in these books. It is beginning to get a bit tiresome having this jerk screwing up things for Alex all the time.So far so god. Unfortunately it kind of goes downhill the further into the book we come. The characters are as good as always, so are the action. It is the scientific aspect that irks me. I am sure a lot of people do not agree or do not care but the author tries to put a scientific spin on the monster that Alex & Co are facing and, quite frankly, I would have been happier if he had stayed with something purely mythological and supernatural. Such things simply do not have to be explained.Be warned that there are spoilers ahead!The monster can, obviously, turn people into stone, or some calcified stone like substance. Fair enough. But by looking at an electronic transmission of the monster? Sorry, that is just to far-fetched for me. I was waiting to get some scientific explanation to this but none was really delivered.Then we have the final, and not so surprising since it was pretty clear fairly early where the author was going, moments where they discover that they are really dealing with aliens. They discover a spaceship, the greatest scientific discovery since fire, and they simply decide to blow it up. What the f…? That is the kind of rubbish that you expect to find in a TV-show or a crappy SyFy horror movie.If another Alex Hunter book comes out I will probably get it because they are reasonably fun entertainment but this one was far from the best one in the series.

  • Carol
    2020-01-09 04:06

    Not my favourite of the series and at times I found it a struggle to get through. Storyline was interesting and I loved all the HAWK gadgets.

  • Shannon
    2019-12-29 05:01

    I loved--and I mean LOVED--every other book by Greig Beck. But this one was just short of awful. To start with, it was very slow, with too much action of the explosive variety and not enough plot action. It also would have been better if we didn't know right away who/what the creature was based on the title. I think if this had a different title and I was trying to figure out what was happening with the characters, it would have gotten a third star. And seriously, gorgons? It's not exactly a very exciting topic. Definitely not the most exciting myth to come out of ancient Greece. Pretty much the whole book seemed like the author saying look at all the cool weapons and gear I've researched. I could do with more cool history, science, archaeology, etc and less gun, armor, and mechanical limbs. Interesting technology can be fun, but it can only get you so far. All of this said, the climax was fun, though I detested the "history" of the gorgons. If you've read it, you know what I mean. That sealed the deal for me and just sent my ridiculous meter off the charts.

  • March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room
    2020-01-03 09:10

    ARCADIAN GENESIS and GORGON are the first two books I've read in author Grieg Beck' s Alex Hunter series, but I enjoyed both so much that I plan to pick up the entire series quickly. Hunter is a member of Hotzone All-Warfare Commandos, the "ultimate" special operations group. Ultimate, that is, until a combination of bizarre circumstances, a "pick-up" mission to bring out a Chechen scientist-defector, and an unidentifiable recently uncovered artifact, and a deadly psychopathic former Spetsnaz killer, results in near-fatal injury to Hunter, who is then "enrolled" in a clandestine U.S. military medical experiment. Now he is "the ultimate warrior," but when GORGON begins, Alex Hunter is a man without identity, without memory, without purpose; while across the globe, in Istanbul, a millennias-ancient, impossible, evil has been uncovered and "jump-started," an eventual threat to the existence of all humanity.

  • Any Length
    2020-01-22 06:56

    Well written and interesting. One really wants to know what comes next in this book and doesn't want to put it down.We meet Alex Hunter again in this book. After his dramatic past experiences he lives rough, but comes back into the fold of the Hawks to battle yet another beast/phenomena that is causing a lot of trouble for mankind. All the while he knows he has to face his long time enemy from Russia. I like the idea of putting new technology into the book.A little bit like old 007 the Hawks get a lot of new gear for their mission form their techy who has been hard at work in the R&D department of weapons and defence systems.I like the direction this series is heading in. Alex having a son whom he wants to shield will make for lot's of interesting material in the future.Keep writing Greig we want more.

  • Jean Sparrow
    2020-01-22 12:18

    Horrification is Greig Beck's signature stamp in his Arcadian series.In Gorgon, Beck manifests the primal fear, and the exquisite horror of their reality. Once believed to be myth & legend. A treasure thief employed by the black market, has unsealed a hidden chamber of the Basilica Cisterns in Istanbul, originally sealed by order of The Great Emperor Constantine. Releasing something from ancient times long forgotten. The US military send in one of their top secret weapons- Alex Hunter codenamed Arcadian, accompanied by his team of HAWCS, to carry out covert action. The Americans are not alone, the Russians are shadowing hot on their trail....what happens next...no spoilers! Horror is a spectator's emotion,and thus it is especially well-suited for the cinema...bring on 'The Arcadian Blockbuster' !

  • Ryan Rauber
    2020-01-26 04:15

    Another great entry into the Alex Hunter series. This began as a horror series, pitting a super-soldier against a monster in a harsh environment. The last book saw a lot of backstory on Alex Hunter, here we go back to the roots. This time around, the legendary Gorgon from Greek mythology is unearthed in modern day Istanbul, causing death and destuction as she makes her way across Turkey. Alex Hunter, the Arcadian, and his team are dispatched. The author does a great job of tying together various myths of the gorgon from different cultures, and of course we get a thrilling ending. Excellent series, for any fan of the horror/sci-fi genre.

  • Shonr-s
    2020-01-13 11:12

    Hands down, this is the best entry to this series. It's been a while since anything managed to get a 5 star rating from me but this is worth it.The story progressed well, dialogue also. A few unnecessary reiterations but not awful enough to lose a star.Alex's character showed growth, the ability to show weakness to listen and to learn. Having a final showdown with Uri was great as it's been in the making since he shot Alex. Joshua wasn't too great a surprise but I'm guessing that that avenue will be explored on a later date.I've been following this author's works and this is one of his absolute best. A need-to-read item from Greig Beck.

  • Jason Payne
    2020-01-01 05:06

    Weakest of the series, I think. A fun premise--what if the Gorgons really existed and one somehow got loose in the modern world--squandered by an absurd turn to the extraterrestrial (by way of The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror," no less). Why does everything have to bloody well begin 'out there'? Why can't our supposedly mytho-historical past simply turn out to be a bit more real than previously believed. Plus, Alex Hunter and the super-soldier idea is right out of Simon & Kirby, so do we really need a riff on Iron Man?

  • Barry Simiana
    2020-01-04 05:16

    As always, Grieg Beck puts his research into his work. Going more with a mythological bent rather than a scientific one, he weaves another Alex Hunter escapade with some fantasy elements and some good ol boy stuff: guns and bombs and blowing shit up, now with ALIENS!!It's a good romp, well written with some growth for the main character, which is good. I was thinking he was getting a bit stale, the super soldier, but now some doubts are coming into his life and mre than just his strengths are being tested.Looking forward to more.